I'll tell you what's up (May 13)

Cheryl LeBlanc Babin

Jambalaya Festival Art Show planned

The Festival Art Show is now accepting applications from artists wishing to participate in the annual fine art show and sale to be held in Gonzales City Hall (festival grounds) from May 21-24, sponsored by the Art Guild of Gonzales. 

The guild will celebrates its 39th birthday this year with a special Artists Awards Reception Sunday, May 24 from 3-4 p.m. in the City Hall. Monetary and ribbon awards will be given for Best-of-Show, first, second, third, the Mayor Barney Arceneaux Award, the Sue Richburg Memorial, People’s Choice and honorable mention.

For more information, call Randy LaPrairie at 225-545-3240 or Gaynell B. Moore at 225-647-5577.

Bands needed for Jambalaya Festival

The Jambalaya Festival Association is looking for new and old bands wanting to play at the Jambalaya Festival. These bands will fill-in during the preliminary cooking contest and the judging. “This would be a great opportunity to get some experience and gets some advertisement for your band,” said a JFA spokesperson. 

Anyone interested in playing may contact Fran at 225-931-77099 or e-mail her at

Memorial Day recognition May 25 at Veterans Park

Monday, May 25 is Memorial Day. Memorial Day is the day that honors all men and women who sacrificed their lives in the military.

The Memorial Park Committee will host its annual Memorial Day recognition Monday, May 25 at The Veterans Memorial Park, 612 South Irma Blvd., Gonzales. The program will start at 11 a.m. Food and refreshments will be served following the program. The guest speaker will be Major Cindy Haygood, Battalian Commander of the 769th Engineering Battalian.

The public is invited to attend.

‘Special Tuesdays’ set for June

The Beau Porto Special Tuesdays recreation program will be held every Tuesday from June 2-21 from 2-6 p.m. at the Ascension Civic Center on Airline Highway in Sorrento. The program includes activities, food and music. Parents, friends, families and personal care attendants are welcome. Students are welcome to help and earn service hours for school or religious classes. For more information, contact Bobbie Blanchard at 225-717-1151.

Senior Citizen Day On The River Thursday

The annual “Senior Citizen Day on The River” will be held May 14 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Fred’s On The River, Hwy. 42, Port Vincent.

Seniors will feast on a free lunch prepared by Jimmy Babin and dance to T-Boy Moore and other musicians.

For donations or information, call Pat Ulbright at 673-3223 or 278-0419; Glynell Guedry at 622-3912 or 931-7602; or Bonnie Gulino at 978-4948.

Free Community Health Talk Thursday

A free Community Wellness Health Talk on “The Chiropractic Approach to Fibromyalgia” will take place Thursday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Smith Chiropractic Clinic, 525 E New River, Suite B, Gonzales. For more information, call 644-8671.

Junior Leaders end of the year 4-H dance Saturday

The Ascension Parish 4-H Junior Leaders will host an “End of the Year” dance at the YMCA building located at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. The event is held in order to celebrate the end of the school year. The dance is open to all youth in fourth-eighth grades. 

The dance will be held Saturday, May 16 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Parents are welcome to stay, but plenty of supervision will be provided. It will cost $5 at the door for entrance to the dance.  

Concessions will be sold and dance pictures will also be sold for $5. Participants do not have to be a 4-H member to attend.  

David “GuiGui” Guidroz benefit Saturday

Family and friends of David “GuiGui” Guidroz will join together on May 16 to host a benefit fundraiser at the Galvez Lake Fire Department located on Hwy. 932 (Joe Sevario Road) beginning at 10:30 am.

Highlights include music by Clif Nickens, Curtis Coubello & the Insta-Gators, Kenny Fife & Bac Trac, an auction, a free car and truck show, raffles, kids' games & face painting, a sweet sale, food and drinks.

All proceeds from the events will benefit the insurance and medical expenses associated with David's struggle with Mitochondnal Myopathy. This disease is a form of Muscular Dystrophy that affects the mitochondria, tiny energy factories found inside almost all cells, and interferes with the function of muscles; it is a disease for which there is no specific treatment or cure.

If you wish to help David but cannot attend the Benefit, donations may be made in the name of David Guidroz at my Capital One Branch location.

‘Rollin’ for Hope 2009 Poker Run’ Saturday

Southern Cruisers Riding Club, Chapter 14 will hold its annual “Rollin’ for Hope 2009 – Poker Run” May 16 at the Ascension Civic Center, 9608 Airline Hwy., Sorrento. All proceeds to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Registration is at 8 a.m. and first bike out is 9 a.m. The cost is $20 for rider, including a meal ticket, and $10 for passenger. For more information, visit The poker run will leave from and will return to the Ascension Civic Center.

The facility is air conditioned and there will be cash prizes, live music by the Chase Tyler Band, vendors, bike show and bike games, food, and door prizes.

Templet-Lambert Family Reunion Saturday

The Templet-Lambert Family Reunion is set for May 16 and will start at 1 p.m. at Berthelot’s Hall on Stringer Bridge Road. The reunion is being held for the descendants of Florestan Templet and Victoran Lambert. Music will be provided by Jimmie and friends. There will be free jambalaya and potato salad. Family members may bring a covered dish. A $5 cover charge will be collected at front door, to help with expenses. Participants are also asked to bring their own drinks.

‘Hallelujah Hats’ program Sunday

The Second Baptist Church Deaconess ministry, pastored by  Rev. Mark I. Stewart, invites you to come out and worship in their hat program on Sunday, May17 at 8:30 a.m. “Wear your favorite Sunday’s best hat,” said a church spokesperson. A special request is for all area deaconess ministries to join in the celebration. The church is located in Plaquemine.

AARP 55 Alive Safe Driving Course May 19

The Ascension Council on Aging will host another AARP 55 Alive Safe Driving Course at the Gonzales Senior Center Tuesday, May 19, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost for the course is $10. Lunch will be available at the site if ordered in advance during the time of registration. Deadline to order lunch is Friday, May 8. Classroom size is limited, so sign up quickly. To register for the course or for more information, call 225-621-5750.

Senior Soc Hop scheduled May 22

The Parish of Ascension Recreation and Culture Department has put together a event with the monthly Senior Soc Hop. The next scheduled dance is Friday, May 22 from 1-3 p.m. at the St. Amant Park Recreation Center.

Residents 50 plus are welcome to attend. Soft drinks are complimentary and the Senior Throw Together Band will entertain seniors.

Stroke, osteoporosis screening May 28

Residents living in and around Gonzales can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. Fitness For All, located at 43508 Quality Lane, Gonzales, will host Life Line Screening on May 28, beginning at 9 a.m. Packages start at $139. All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. For more information, call 1-877-237-1287 or visit Pre-registration is required.

Griffin Girl Mini Camp set in June

Dutchtown High School Griffin Girls proudly presents “Dancing with the Stars” on June 15-19, from 9 a.m. until noon. Rockin in the USA will be held at Dutchtown High School Gym. This dance camp is open to ages 4 and up. The registration fee is $45 per camper which includes a camp T-shirt and snacks. There is a $10 discount for siblings. The dancers will show off their routines learned during the week on Friday, June 19 at 6:30 p.m. The camp will be conducted by the 2009-10 Dutchtown Griffin Girls.  Girls may register for camp on the first day of camp or request an application. 

Council on Aging events

• May 13 – Afternoon Dance, music by Clif Nickens, Gonzales, from 1-3 p.m., $4 per head; 411 on House Plants by LSU AgCenter, Donaldsonville, 10 a.m.; and Fast Exercise, Gonzales, 10:45 a.m., and Donaldsonville, 9:30 a.m.

• April 14 – Seniors Day on the River at Fred’s on The River (both centers).

• April 15 – Cajun Needlers, Gonzales, 9 a.m.

• April 18 – Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville 9:30 a.m. Gonzales 10:45 a.m.

• April 19 – 55 Alive Safe Driving Course, Gonzales, from 8:00 a.m.-4 p.m.; Pilates, Gonzales, 9:30 a.m.; and Bridge lessons, Gonzales 1p.m.

• April 20 – Birthday Party Celebration, Gonzales, 10 a.m.; blood pressure checks by Nicole/Metro, Gonzales, 10:30 a.m.; and Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville, 9:30 a.m., Gonzales 10:45 a.m.

Send your upcoming events to Cheryl LeBlanc Babin, lifestyles editor, at, call 225-644-6397, fax 225-644-2069 or drop by or mail to The Gonzales Weekly Citizen, 231 W. Cornerview, Gonzales, LA.